31 "The queen of Sheba* will rise up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, because she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. And now someone greater than Solomon is here--and you refuse to listen to him.1
32 The people of Nineveh, too, will rise up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah. And now someone greater than Jonah is here--and you refuse to repent.
33 "No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, it is put on a lampstand to give light to all who enter the room.
34 Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness.
35 Make sure that the light you think you have is not really darkness.
36 If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight is shining on you."
37 As Jesus was speaking, one of the Pharisees invited him home for a meal. So he went in and took his place at the table.
38 His host was amazed to see that he sat down to eat without first performing the ceremonial washing required by Jewish custom.
39 Then the Lord said to him, "You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are still filthy--full of greed and wickedness!
40 Fools! Didn't God make the inside as well as the outside?
41 So give to the needy what you greedily possess, and you will be clean all over.
42 "But how terrible it will be for you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest part of your income,* but you completely forget about justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave undone the more important things.2
43 "How terrible it will be for you Pharisees! For how you love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the respectful greetings from everyone as you walk through the markets!
44 Yes, how terrible it will be for you. For you are like hidden graves in a field. People walk over them without knowing the corruption they are stepping on."
45 "Teacher," said an expert in religious law, "you have insulted us, too, in what you just said."
46 "Yes," said Jesus, "how terrible it will be for you experts in religious law! For you crush people beneath impossible religious demands, and you never lift a finger to help ease the burden.
47 How terrible it will be for you! For you build tombs for the very prophets your ancestors killed long ago.
48 Murderers! You agree with your ancestors that what they did was right. You would have done the same yourselves.
49 This is what God in his wisdom said about you:* `I will send prophets and apostles to them, and they will kill some and persecute the others.'3
50 "And you of this generation will be held responsible for the murder of all God's prophets from the creation of the world--
51 from the murder of Abel to the murder of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, it will surely be charged against you.
52 "How terrible it will be for you experts in religious law! For you hide the key to knowledge from the people. You don't enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering."
53 As Jesus finished speaking, the Pharisees and teachers of religious law were furious. From that time on they grilled him with many hostile questions,
54 trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him.
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